For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. ~2 Timothy 1:7~
Let’s discuss first this spirit that God has given us.
Jesus says to the disciples in John 16:7 – Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. Different versions refer to this Helper as Advocate; Comforter; Counselor; Redeemer and Holy Spirit. He also says that this Helper will teach them all things and bring them into remembrance of the things He has taught them. Also, this Helper will come in the name of Jesus, therefore He comes in and with the authority of Jesus Christ.
The name of Jesus is the power element of this Spirit. Scripture tells us that when Jesus started His ministry, demons were running from His presence. They were calling Him ”son of God”. They were leaving just as He would command them. When the Apostles started their ministry, they were preaching; healing; doing miracles and commanding demons in the name of Jesus. They were even threatened many times that they should not minister in the name of Jesus. So they could do in their names or no name but not in the name of Jesus. Jesus said, I have given you power, and this power is His name. His power as Jesus He transferred to His name. His name carries His authority and when anyone uses this name under the authority of Christ, that person is operating in Christ [in His authority]. This Spirit therefore gives the individual the power of Christ which is His name, His authority and manifests it through the nine gifts of the Spirit. Therefore you cannot have Jesus’s power [authority] outside of this Spirit
All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you. – John 16:15
God by grace has given us so much but to summarise it all we can say He has given us salvation. That is the greatest gift to mankind because it literally represents eternal and abundant life. Salvation is mainly about the soul of mankind. The soul is where all the riches and wealth given to the human reside. A whole lot of people sell their souls without knowing what exactly they are selling. The governmental element of the human being, dominion on earth is placed in the soul. This also is where the throne of God sits in a person. This is from where God rules through a person. However, when this area is not occupied by God it is occupied by the enemy. Meaning that the enemy governs through a person from this space. Salvation therefore, means redemption of the soul from the power of the enemy. It means that the person is redeemed to operate in the original form rather than the perveted form. This is the ultimate gift of life. God could just let us be in our perveted state but He instead gave us a gift of love. Salvation is a gift of love. It is patient, kind, doesn’t keep record of evil. It is grace, the unwarranted favour. We receive this gift also through the Holy Spirit. The Helper helps us take back our soul from the enemy. He teaches us how to do that. Because this is usually a battle He gives us strength to stand; exhortation when we feel powerless or discouraged; counsel when we are confused; comfort when in pain; reproof when we are tempted and advocates [intercedes] for us when we need help. All this He does it with such gentleness and love. In a way that encourages us to be better. As we become better, He then through guidance by the Spirit teaches us how to give the same kind of love to others. Love makes us complete. Therefore, our completeness is represented by the redemption of our souls. When we are able to love as Christ loved us, which we can only do through the guidance of the Spirit, we have been saved. God is love and when God resides in our souls, Love resides in us.
There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment [torment]. The one who fears is not made perfect [complete] in love. – 1 John 4:18
Sound mind is manifested through our behaviour, spoken word and how we respond to others. A sound mind puts God first. Its entire aim is to glorify and represent God. It is about reflecting God in us. This is manifested through this Spirit by its fruits. It speaks a lot about self control because the sound mind gives you an ability to override your own desires and will with that of God. Meaning that it helps you decrease yourself to glorify God.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering [patience], kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. – Gal 5:22-23
In summary, Jesus has given us His authority [power – His name] which we manifest through the gifts of the Spirit. He has given us love through salvation of our souls. He has given us a sound mind which is manifested through the fruits of the Spirit. With this Spirit we are made perfect [complete] in Christ.
What does this say then about the Spirit of fear?
The Helper communicates with us in a form of a small still inner voice. When you walk in the Spirit you are well able to hear Him speak through this voice.
The Spirit of fear also speaks, but in a very loud and aggressive voice that sometimes sends urgent vibration [anxiety] to the body, either paralysing one or forcing them to act in a way opposite to what they truly desire. It speaks to discourage; manipulate; anger; tempt and to cause one to lose faith. It loudly speaks opposite of your intentions accompanied by the negative energy carrying it’s intention. One hears this voice as though it is their own thoughts.
The only way to conquer this Spirit is by fighting back using the word of God. David says in Psalm 119, I have hidden your word in my heart that I may not sin against you. Fear causes one to doubt themselves and by so doing doubt what the Lord is saying about them. Embracing it is like saying God is a liar. When you have the word of God in you it becomes your weapon to speak against this voice of the enemy. David continues to say, with my lips I have declared all the judgements of your mouth. So when we speak the word against this voice we are declaring the judgements of God while confessing what He says about us.
Let us approach the throne of grace with boldness children of God. Ours is not to chase after all things unnecessary, but to love and trust God. It is to obey and do His word. In all things, His word is our weapon. It is what gives us confidence to stand and push through even when fear is screaming loud at us. With His word, we are able to move forth with whatever strength we have.